[R] Re ad in a file - produce independent vectors

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 16:54:40 CEST 2008

Just read them in as whole lines and then split them
giving a list of vectors.  See ?readLines and ?strsplit

Lines <- readLines("meat.txt")
strsplit(Lines, " +")

This can also be done using strapply in gsubfn which
extracts words rather than splitting on delimiters:

strapply(Lines, "\\w+")

More info on gsubfn is at http://gsubfn.googlecode.com

On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 10:38 AM, jimineep <jamesrperkins at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Is there a way of reading in a file in a way that each line becomes a vector:
> for example:
> meals.txt
> breakfast    bacon    eggs    sausage
> lunch    sandwich    apple    marsbar    crisps
> dinner    chicken    rice    custard    pie
> I want to read in this file and end up with 3 different vectors, one called
> breakfast which contains "bacon", "eggs", sausage" One called lunch with
> "sandwich", "apple"... etc
> So is there a way to do this with a file like this?
> Or would I need to transpose the file using something like Perl? And since
> the vectors are not all of equal length, would I have to also increase the
> size of the shorter lines by adding NAs? I'm working with a file much bigger
> than this and this could be a bit of a bother...
> Kind Regards,
> Jim
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